The Life of Selena
The Life of Selena – La Vida de Selena By Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein, Illustrated by Citlali Reyes (2018) – Board book

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Recommended ages: 0 to 3

The Life of/La Vida de Selena is a picture board book biography about the “Queen of Tejano music,” Selena! Reyes’ illustrations are absolutely adorable and making this the perfect introduction to Selena for the little one in your life. Keywords like “family,” “fans” and “awards” are highlighted and depicted in the accompanying illustrations. The best part, which is a fantastic reason to collect all of the books in the Lil’ Libros series, is that it’s bilingual! Parents and children alike can learn Spanish together or, for fluent Spanish readers, encourages them to read to their children in Spanish. Citlali Reyes’ cover illustration of Selena is worthy of being posterized, it’s so cute!

Take-away message: Children will be inspired by the life of Selena and the list of her accomplishments.

TAGS: notable POC, Selena, bilingual, Spanish, female lead, Mexican, Latinx, Lil’ Libros, board book

More about Lil’ Libros:

“In a world with a shortage of bilingual books for children, two mothers began their mission to introduce bilingualism and Latin American culture through picture board books. Lil’ Libros was created to inspire parents to read to their children and encourage them to do so in two languages.

At Lil’ Libros, we celebrate Latin American culture and important figures in its history. Our books honor beautiful stories like the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo and Cuban music icon, Celia Cruz in English and Spanish with rich and colorful illustrations while also introducing them to concepts like first words, numbers, colors, shapes, and biographies!

We believe children’s books are seeds that when nourished allow for a child to turn their dreams into reality. Our goal is to make the world a better place by providing authentic stories that promote inclusivity and love!”

Also by Lil’ Libros :

The Life of – La Vida de Celia

The Life of – La Vida de Pelé

The Life of – La Vida de Ritchie

The Life of – La Vida de Walter

Colors – Colores

Evita: Opposites – Opuestos

Counting With – Contando Con Frida

Where Is? – Donde Esta? El Chavo

Singing – Cantando De Colores

The Solar System with – El Sistema Solar con Ellen

Around The World with Cantinflas – Alrededor Del Mundo Con Cantinflas

El Chapulin Colorado: Sounds – Sonidos

Cuauhtémoc: Shapes – Formas

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